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Drinks writers run Ardbeg Half Marathon in memory of Alan Lodge

Published:  25 July, 2013

A team of over 20 drinks writers and representatives of Scottish whiksy distillery, Ardbeg, are to take part in the annual Islay Half Marathon on August 3 to help raise money for the National Brain Appeal in memory of Alan Lodge of The Spirits Business who died from a brain haemorrhage aged just 29 last year.

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Syrian winery defies war to supply wine to European restaurants

Published:  24 July, 2013

Syrian winery, Domaine Bargylus, continues to go to extraordinary lengths to get its wines from a war zone to the elite wine lists of Europe.

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Glenn Caton to quit Laithwaite's to join Cadbury's owner Mondel?z

Published:  24 July, 2013

Glenn Caton is to leave his postion as managing director of Laithwaite's Wine to join Mondel?z, owner of confectionery giant Cadbury's.

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Bargain Booze's parent company to go public

Published:  24 July, 2013

Conviviality Retail, owner of Bargain Booze, is looking to raise between £60 million to £65 million in an initial public offering on July 31, 2013, on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

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Quintessential Brands launches new company

Published:  24 July, 2013

G&J Greenall owner Quintessential Brands has set up a commercial production, sales and distribution arm called Essential...

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Grape grower appointed Rioja DOCa president

Published:  23 July, 2013

A grape grower has been appointed president of the Rioja DOCa control board. This is the first time in the DOCa's 88-year history that the presidency has been held by a grape grower.

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Jo Ahearne MW to consult on I Heart wine brand

Published:  23 July, 2013

Former Harrods wine and spirits head Jo Ahearne MW has been appointed consultant winemaker for Copestick Murray's I Heart wine brand.

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Diageo strengthens ties with Shuijingfang baijiu

Published:  23 July, 2013

Diageo is to acquire the remaining 47% of baijiu brand Shuijingfang's major shareholder for £223 million.

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Symington and Fladgate: Port education is key to China

Published:  23 July, 2013

Giant Port producers Symington Family Estates and the Fladgate Partnership are expanding their joint education programme in China as they look to widen interest and distribution for Port in Asia. 

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Hi-Spirits to distribute Justin Timberlake's 901 Tequila in UK

Published:  23 July, 2013

Hi-Spirits is to distribute Justin Timberlake's 901 Tequila in the UK, which has an rrp of £32.85 for 70cl and has been listed in JD Wetherspoon.

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Oddbins revisits Odd Bin video campaign

Published:  23 July, 2013
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Wines of South Africa starts recruitment drive for new chief

Published:  22 July, 2013

Wines of South Africa is formally advertising for a new chief executive to replace Su Birch (pictured) who stands down following the Beautiful South tasting in September.

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Make your nominations in Harpers Spanish Wine Awards

Published:  22 July, 2013

Harpers is looking to recognise the best retailers, on-trade operators and wholesalers involved in selling and promoting Spanish wine in the UK in the first Spanish Wine Awards.

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Investment schemes open the door for UK drinks firms

Published:  22 July, 2013

The UK drinks industry is fast becoming one of the hottest areas of investment, with wineries and brewers finding increasingly innovative ways to raise money.

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Buffalo Trace named National Historic Landmark

Published:  19 July, 2013

Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has been named a National Historic Landmark by the United States...

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Retailers enjoy sales boost as summer finally arrives

Published:  19 July, 2013

As the country basks in what has been a fortnight of hot weather, supermarkets and wine merchants have been reaping the rewards, with increased sales across the beers, wines and spirits category.

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Premium brands on top, finds First Drinks Market Report

Published:  19 July, 2013

Premium drinks brands are outperforming the rest of the sector, according to the third Market Report published by First Drinks.

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Sake Experience 2013 comes to London next week

Published:  19 July, 2013

Eleven Japanese breweries will take part in the Eat-Japan Sake Experience 2013 at Hyper-Japan Earl's Court on July 26-28.

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Raymond Blanc blown away by English wines

Published:  19 July, 2013

Michelin-starred French chef, Raymond Blanc, writes exclusively in this week's Harpers and harpers.co.uk about his love for English wine and how, at their best, they are now matching wine from his home country.

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LWF should ban wine tasting, says Lockspeiser

Published:  19 July, 2013

The revamped London Wine Fair should consider not allowing any wine tasting at next year's show and put the emphasis 100% on how the wines look on-shelf if it is to really make next year's show at Olympia stand out as different from previous fairs.

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